"Even this Piece of Wisdom did not find its Way into his Mind by Reflexion (that Passage for its Entrance had long been too closely barricadoed), but came in at his Eyes, and engaged his constant Counsellors, his Inclinations, on the Side of a fair Object he had accidentally beheld, at the House of a neighbouring Gentleman."
— Fielding, Sarah (1710-1768)
(I.i.2, pp. 16-7)
See The History of the Countess of Dellwyn. In Two Volumes: By the Author of David Simple. (London: Printed for A. Millar, 1759). <Link to ESTC>